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Tech 21 Richie Kotzen RK5 Signature Fly Rig Guitar Effects Pedal

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The Richie Kotzen Signature RK5 Fly Rig is not simply another version of the Fly Rig 5 with his name screened on it. The RK5 was developed in close collaboration with Richie, whose input was invaluabl... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Richie Kotzen Signature RK5 Fly Rig is not simply another version of the Fly Rig 5 with his name screened on it. The RK5 was developed in close collaboration with Richie, whose input was invaluable. Meticulous about every facet of his playing, singing, songwriting and tone, Richies attention to the details of this pedal was nothing less. For the bulk of his 2014 tour with the Winery Dogs, Richie used the final prototype while we were busy getting everything lined up for production. Richie is also using the prototype for his 2015 solo tour.

While Richie primarily uses his RK5 live in conjunction with his standard amp rig, this sleek, compact unit embodies an entire rig on its own. At its heart, is the all-analog SansAmp, which makes it possible to go direct to a PA or mixer. For effects, you have the essentials: a reverb, a delay with tap tempo, a powerful boost, and Richies Signature OMG overdrive.

For fly gigs across the globe, jamming at the local hang, and last minute sessions, youll be the first one ready to go. You can stop stressing over what to pack and agonizing over what to leave behind. You can stop dreading cheesy backline loaners and overheating at the mere thought of your touring rig going down. Just pop your RK5 into your guitar case and head for the door.

FEATURES

SansAmp tube amplifier emulator, is pre-voiced for clean tones with 3-band active EQ, Level, and Drive to adjust the overall amount of gain and overdrive
Reverb, within the SansAmp section, is based upon the Boost RVB pedal and emulates the rich ambiances of a vintage spring reverb without clattery pings, canyons of doom, or other annoying artifacts
OMG overdrive, based upon Richie' Signature OMG pedal, brings in the organic distortion of single power tube Class A amplifiers, but with a tighter, quicker and snappier response. Includes Level, Tone and Drive controls
Boost, within the OMG section, kicks in up to 21dB of pre-amp gain
It can be used independently to boost the SansAmp and/or DLA functions, as well as on its own to boost the gain of your amp
DLA is based upon the Boost DLA pedal and voiced to give you the sounds of a vintage tape echo and features Level, Time, Repeats, and Drift, which adds a random element to the modulation for authentic textures
Dedicated Tap Tempo switch makes it super simple to just tap in the delay tempo you want during your performance
All-analog signal path; reverb and delay are mixed in parallel
All-metal housing
Metal footswitches and jacks
1/4" high-impedance input
1/4" low-impedance output
Silent-switching, custom footswitch actuators
Utilizes included œauto-switching 12V DC power supply which self-adjusts to 100V-240V and can be used anywhere in the world with the proper plug/travel adapter for the host country
Dimensions: 11.5" x 2.5" x 1.25"
Weight: 18.6 oz.
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Tech 21Richie Kotzen RK5 Signature Fly Rig Guitar Effects Pedal
 
4.8

(based on 11 reviews)

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Pros

  • Compact (7)
  • Good selection of effects (7)
  • Excellent sound quality (6)
  • Responsive (6)
  • Versatile (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (5)
  • Outdoor events / games (4)
  • Home studio (3)
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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Just get it.

By 0dannyboy

from Albuquerque New Mexico

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Good Selection Of Effects
  • Responsive
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Tech 21 Richie Kotzen RK5 Signature Fly Rig Guitar Effects Pedal:

    Very useful as a live tool. Clean transparent OD at the lowest level (you can Tom petty the heck out of it), very smooth OD/distortion. Turn up the gain and immediately you are transported to solid chunk and distortion you can hear your complex chording thru. Between the gain and boost there are just tons of sustain and tonal variations. It can rock VH to Godsmack and more huge amounts of saturation and gain.. Keep the amp cleanish and just use the boost for outstanding results of clean and crisp to biting blues. I turn off the amp and use the delay and boost to a LR baggs session DI and its great for my acoustic as well.Just outstanding for the price. Quite. Has replaced 5 pedals right away on my live pedal board. All this fun and so far I'm running thru a small mixer to a QSC 10 mono. Cant wait to take it to the gig this Friday!

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Outstanding

    By Mike

    from Illinois

    Site Member

    Comments about Tech 21 Richie Kotzen RK5 Signature Fly Rig Guitar Effects Pedal:

    When Tech 21 introduced the Fly Rig 5, I thought the concept was excellent, but I was not a fan of the overdrive section. However, when I saw the company was selling a Richie Kotzen version of the Fly Rig, I took notice right away. This pedal is outstanding. I simply cannot say enough positive things about it. In one very small and well-built package, you now have delay with tap tempo, a spring reverb emulator, a powerful overdrive, a 21 db boost, an analog amp emulator for those times when you need to go direct in, and even a modulation in the delay section that allows for some chorus-type effects. The overdrive section on this pedal sounds fantastic to my ears. It is thick, but focused, smooth, and full of sustain. I highly suggest you take a listen to any one of the videos on Youtube that demo this pedal. All I can say is that if it sounds right to Richie Kotzen, then take it seriously. One thing that pleasantly surprised me about this pedal was the Sansamp section and how it interacted with my amp. I thought I might avoid using the Sansamp when I put the pedal in front of my Traynor YCV20, but I was very pleased at how I was able to use the Sansamp to add more depth to the tone of my amp's clean channel. Since most often my amp is kept off-stage in an isolation box to reduce stage noise, having the Sansamp section at my feet allows me to add or take away some grit though the drive control while performing. Also, having the ability to adjust the EQ on stage through the tone controls has been a tremendous source of relief. Now I can set my amp flat in the isolation box and use the Sansamp to adjust the tone on stage as needed. Most important, the Sansamp section adds a bit more warmth to the amps I put it in front of, which is always an added bonus. As icing on the cake, the amp section also includes a reverb emulation that provides a warm, natural sounding 'verb that never gets out of hand. I don't use a ton of delay, but I like the delay section and tap tempo feature. This section definitely has allowed me to replace my venerable Boss DD-3 as it offers more ease-of-use and flexibility in a live setting. Additionally, the "Drift" knob in the delay section provides some modulation that really does create a "hidden chorus" effect. Of course, I am almost forgetting one huge advantage regarding this pedal. With the addition of the RK 5, I was able to immediately clean up my pedal board. Instead of having 9 or 10 pedals on hand, I am now able to use half that, and that includes a volume pedal and noise gate. This reduces signal loss and means I have a lot less bad patch cables to chase down when I am having signal problems. All this in a pedal that literally fits in your guitar case for about $270.00 and is built rock-solid. Sure, it doesn't have an on-board tuner, and yes, you probably will want a noise gate, but so what? This is probably one of the best values in gear that I have found. I've played through a Line 6 Pod in a live situation, and I can honestly say the Tech-21 RK5 not only sounds better, but is designed to play live.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    I Wish This Was My Idea!

    By Guitar Mike

    from Grand Rapids, mi

    About Me Experienced

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Good Selection Of Effects
    • Responsive
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Tech 21 Richie Kotzen RK5 Signature Fly Rig Guitar Effects Pedal:

        I bought the fly rig because I fly to Vegas and play a few times a year. I need a small unit to plug into the house amp and tweak very quickly. This is perfect fit for the job but the reason I don't give it 5 stars is I wish it had a noise gate cause it can get noisey on high gain sounds! I can't believe how small it is!

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Outstanding

        By Mike

        from Illinois

        Site Member

        Comments about Tech 21 Richie Kotzen RK5 Signature Fly Rig Guitar Effects Pedal:

        When Tech 21 introduced the Fly Rig 5, I thought the concept was excellent, but I was not a fan of the overdrive section. However, when I saw the company was selling a Richie Kotzen version of the Fly Rig, I took notice right away. This pedal is outstanding. I simply cannot say enough positive things about it. In one very small and well-built package, you now have delay with tap tempo, a spring reverb emulator, a powerful overdrive, a 21 db boost, an analog amp emulator for those times when you need to go direct in, and even a modulation in the delay section that allows for some chorus-type effects. The overdrive section on this pedal sounds fantastic to my ears. It is thick, but focused, smooth, and full of sustain. I highly suggest you take a listen to any one of the videos on Youtube that demo this pedal. All I can say is that if it sounds right to Richie Kotzen, then take it seriously. One thing that pleasantly surprised me about this pedal was the Sansamp section and how it interacted with my amp. I thought I might avoid using the Sansamp when I put the pedal in front of my Traynor YCV20, but I was very pleased at how I was able to use the Sansamp to add more depth to the tone of my amp's clean channel. Since most often my amp is kept off-stage in an isolation box to reduce stage noise, having the Sansamp section at my feet allows me to add or take away some grit though the drive control while performing. Also, having the ability to adjust the EQ on stage through the tone controls has been a tremendous source of relief. Now I can set my amp flat in the isolation box and use the Sansamp to adjust the tone on stage as needed. Most important, the Sansamp section adds a bit more warmth to the amps I put it in front of, which is always an added bonus. As icing on the cake, the amp section also includes a reverb emulation that provides a warm, natural sounding 'verb that never gets out of hand. I don't use a ton of delay, but I like the delay section and tap tempo feature. This section definitely has allowed me to replace my venerable Boss DD-3 as it offers more ease-of-use and flexibility in a live setting. Additionally, the ""Drift"" knob in the delay section provides some modulation that really does create a ""hidden chorus"" effect. Of course, I am almost forgetting one huge advantage regarding this pedal. With the addition of the RK 5, I was able to immediately clean up my pedal board. Instead of having 9 or 10 pedals on hand, I am now able to use half that, and that includes a volume pedal and noise gate. This reduces signal loss and means I have a lot less bad patch cables to chase down when I am having signal problems. All this in a pedal that literally fits in your guitar case for about $270.00 and is built rock-solid. Sure, it doesn't have an on-board tuner, and yes, you probably will want a noise gate, but so what? This is probably one of the best values in gear that I have found. I've played through a Line 6 Pod in a live situation, and I can honestly say the Tech-21 RK5 not only sounds better, but is designed to play live.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Found my Sound

        By Ed

        from Lake Forest

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Good Selection Of Effects
        • Responsive
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Performances

          Comments about Tech 21 Richie Kotzen RK5 Signature Fly Rig Guitar Effects Pedal:

          I am a 1 man band musician. I run a drum machine and voice and I run my guitar through a Line 6 M9 straight into a PA channel. For years my dirty guitar sounded weak for obvious reason (no amp). I just figured that was the cost of running without an AMP. Then I saw Richie Kotzens video and fell in love with his sound. Upon inspection I saw him talking about this device and discovered other reviewers said it sounded amazing through a board. I was skeptical. I received it and OH MY. I found my sound. My only gripe is my Line 6 is midi to my drum machine for tempo sync for my delays etc... However, because it is small I actually velcroed it on top of my M9 and added it first to my effects chain. So I really only use the distortion with my Line 6 modulation effects - though I have foung by mixing the R5 with my other delays sounds good on occasion too. My other gripe is no presets like I am used to for various presets of gain. However, this little R5 board can preset about 3 sounds. I have clean, slightly dirty and boot for just a bit more for soloing and I am finding this gives me what I need.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Love it!!

          By Jason

          from Indianapolis, IN

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Good Selection Of Effects
          • Responsive
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Tech 21 Richie Kotzen RK5 Signature Fly Rig Guitar Effects Pedal:

              Sounds great, very light and compact and does everything I need from a full pedal board.

               
              5.0

              RK5 and my Marshalls Rule!

              By Anthony

              from undisclosed

              Verified Buyer

              Comments about Tech 21 Richie Kotzen RK5 Signature Fly Rig Guitar Effects Pedal:

              If you are tired of giant Boss/ L6 pedals on tiny stages and still want great ez tones through the front of your amp or direct the RK5 is perfect.I have the original iteration Flyrig also and use them both depending on what I need to do.Highly Recommended!

               
              5.0

              Great pedal - fairly priced for 3+ solid effects

              By Mark

              from undisclosed

              Verified Buyer

              Comments about Tech 21 Richie Kotzen RK5 Signature Fly Rig Guitar Effects Pedal:

              This is an excellent compact, powerful, and effective device. Each of the 3 sections offers a tremendous amount of tweaking flexibility. I bought this for the 2 purposes it is designed for, the first running in front on an amp, in my case a Fender Blues Deluxe Reissue. Truthfully, it is a lot more power than you need but sure sounds fine. I have not yet run through a PA but I expect to soon. I usually run an OCD or Tubescreamer on a pedal board with a wah and delay. Still experimenting, but running out of the box using the RK settings is great. Also, love the boost needed when the mix demands. I would have liked to have played the CALI and PLEXI though no retailers have them so I tried this one out and am satisfied - for now. I used GC 20% discount so got a great price on it too with free shipping, that is the best pricing I was able to get.

               
              5.0

              Phenomenal!

              By Dave F.

              from Allentown, PA

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Good Selection Of Effects
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Events
                • Home Studio
                • Performances

                Comments about Tech 21 Richie Kotzen RK5 Signature Fly Rig Guitar Effects Pedal:

                Awesome! Finally, a nicely laud out, compact and easy to use pedal BOARD. The effects sound fantastic.

                 
                5.0

                Perfect For My Needs!

                By F69Tele

                from Texas

                About Me Professional Musician

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact Design
                • Excellent Sound Quality
                • Good Selection Of Effects
                • Responsive

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Events
                  • Performances

                  Comments about Tech 21 Richie Kotzen RK5 Signature Fly Rig Guitar Effects Pedal:

                  Have had a day or two to put it thru the paces here at home. Have not used it on a gig yet. Very pleased with this unit. I have been using Line6 PODs for quite some time now, starting with a POD 2.0, then incorporating a Pocket POD on a pedalboard for amp simulation. Always having a dilemma when using an amp, as I mostly do solo stuff with backing tracks, but occasionally play in a band setting and needing to play thru an amp and the POD has no amp bypass mode. Enter the Fly Rig.

                  Watched and listened to many comparisons on the standard Fly Rig and the RK5. Decided to go with the RK5. It's everything I hoped it would be. Great direct tone for my tastes. Takes up very little space on the pedalboard.

                  I play Country with a little Country-Rock and for the most part all I need is Compressor, Delay, OD/Distortion and Amp simulator. This unit gives me exactly what I need, just put my Boss CS-2 in front of it and go. No more diving into menus and trying to "hold this button down" while turning a knob, making tweaking on the fly a pain. I'm done with digital. I love this Fly Rig. Making gig-to-gig tweaks on this is going to be super easy. The tone is a little different from what I have been used to with the PODs, but it responds way better. Now when I need to plug into an amp, just leave the SansAmp off and I've still got Compressor, OD and Delay.

                  I amp not experiencing any noise with the OMG engaged as some have said, but having said that, the Drive setting for my uses is only set at 9 o'clock. Still finding the sweet spot for the Boost. Was able to quickly dial in a good tone on the SansAmp section, and the Reverb is great. Delay is straight-forward and the tap-tempo footswitch is an added bonus, something I didn't have before. Can't wait to use this live.

                  If you're a Country player like me and do a lot of Chicken Pickin', put all worry, skepticism and doubts behind you. This RK5 will do Country great, just need a compressor in front of it.

                   
                  4.0

                  Nice

                  By Lucianoobelo

                  from Porto Alegre, Brasil

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact Design
                  • Excellent Sound Quality
                  • Good Selection Of Effects
                  • Responsive
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                  • Limited Selection Of Effects

                  Best Uses

                  • Events
                  • Home Studio
                  • Performances
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about Tech 21 Richie Kotzen RK5 Signature Fly Rig Guitar Effects Pedal:

                  This thing is nice. I have always played with a Vox Tonelab (Se, ST and EX), and RK5 sound quality is similar. I like the Tonelab EX best, but the RK5 is way compact, and do almost the same job. For practicing, however, the sound on phones is too thin and not very loud.

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